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Ukraine to build military base in the Sea of Azov

Kiev does not cease to create policies to affront Russia even in amidst global pandemic

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro…

Ukraine recently announced that it will start building a military base in the Sea of ​​Azov, just 67 km away from the Russian coast. The news was confirmed on the last visit of Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski to Berdiansk, where the naval base will be installed. According to official sources, it aims to protect commercial vessels transiting the region. The local commercial port will have its infrastructure transferred to the Ukrainian Navy later this year. In 2021 reforms will be carried out, with the arrival of new ships, the repair of administrative buildings and the construction of residential buildings for people involved in the activities of the base. It is estimated that the works will cost around 20 million dollars.

As an auxiliary project for the installation of the base, there is a plan to create a military teaching department at the State Pedagogical University of Berdiansk, which will be ready in a few years and will train the officers who will work at the new base. These are the words of President Volodimir Zelenski: “It is very important to have ships in this place. After all, this way we will protect our ports, our trade. This is a direct aid to the economy”.

It has been reported that the resources of the Vostok naval base, currently located in Nikolaev, will be deployed at the Berdiansk base. This is, in fact, an old Ukrainian project, which integrates a wide range of aggressive policies on the part of Kiev in the Azov Sea region. Kiev showed interest in building a base in the region for the first time in 2017. In 2018, part of the Black Sea fleet was transferred to Azov. At the end of last year, Zelenski, continuing the policies of his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, announced the creation of a ship division for the Azov, with a base to be installed between Berdiansk and Mariupol. Now, finally, Azov’s militarization projects seem to be materialized.

“The main objective of the base should be to guarantee the security of the city and the region. However, the military base will not interfere with the commercial port and will not reduce its capacity,” said the statement from the port administration. The Ukrainian reason for ratifying these projects is an alleged Russian threat to the country’s maritime trade route. However, it is public knowledge that these acts constitute nothing more than the simple continuation of the conflicts that started in 2014, as a result of the total alignment with Washington and the European Union by the new Ukrainian political elite, which rose with the Euromaidan.

The myth of Russia as an enemy of Ukraine has become increasingly widespread in the country, causing regrettable episodes such as the persecution of Russian and pro-Russian minorities within Ukrainian national territory. The greatest example of this is the civil war in the Donbass region, which has lasted for more than six years, having been interrupted indefinitely by the Minsk Protocol, which imposed an immediate ceasefire.

Ukraine has interrupted the ceasefire on several occasions, sometimes openly violating it through military attacks, sometimes sneakily sabotaging it through illegal arrests and terrorist attacks. In recent times, sneak attacks have become increasingly frequent. On April 9, a young 25 years-old woman was brutally murdered by Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitaries. Miroslava Voronkova died in a terrorist attack with bombs, where Mikhail A., 59 years-old, was also wounded.

The unfounded fear of a Russian threat in Azov becomes even less credible when we look at data such as this from the terrorist attacks perpetrated by pro-Kiev paramilitary groups. The existence of a Navy of the Donetsk People’s Republic is also supposedly one of the reasons why Ukraine is so afraid for the security of the region. But it is neither Moscow nor Donetsk who are committing crimes and attacks in Donbass. Kiev seems to be clear in its political and geopolitical praxis: it causes tensions with clandestine activities, from which it awaits answers (which often do not appear) to respond with the recrudescence of its defense policies under the pretext of having a certain “threat”.

Last year, Ukraine called on several countries to debate on the imposition of international sanctions against Russia due to its policy on the Sea of Azov. The reason for such Ukrainian indisposition in relation to Russian naval policy was the fact that Russia vetoed the entry of NATO ships into the Azov and seized Ukrainian ships that crossed the Russian maritime border. In fact, these acts only have to strengthen a policy of good neighborliness in the region, maintaining the dominance of the sea between the both States, under strict respect for territorial limits, and canceling out the interference of foreign nations. But, it seems Ukraine is not interested in maintaining good relations with Moscow and insists on further militarizing the region.

Certainly, Kiev will take advantage of the construction of the naval base to try again to deploy NATO vessels in the Sea of Azov, in clear affront to Russia. It will also take the opportunity to impose reprisals on the Donbass people’s republics. The commercial port protection speech is just a facade, a lie told as an official version. The most curious thing is that Kiev is so concerned with such policies of hostility against Russia at a time as what we are currently experiencing, where concerns about the new coronavirus are taking place over the world. Now, if NATO cancelled its biggest military exercises in 30 years (the Defender Europe 2020 project) due to the pandemic, would the Western military alliance be really interested in subsidizing a project as bold and unnecessary as the creation of a naval base in the Azov at a time like this? Kiev is betting on its ties to the West and appears to be making a big mistake.

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Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
April 16, 2020

Ukraine is virtually bankrupt so how can it afford to build a military base? No prizes for guessing where the money will come from!

McLer
McLer
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
April 17, 2020

The americans are more broke than the Ukrainians. Except that they have the 45 tons of Ukrainian gold that they stole at Midan.

a guy from Ukraine
a guy from Ukraine
Reply to  McLer
April 17, 2020

You are right except that as long as the Americans have the money printing machine the funny money spree can go on indefinitely.
We are so sick of those fucking puppet-governments dancing to the US tune to the detriment of Ukrainian people.

Rise Up
Rise Up
Reply to  a guy from Ukraine
April 17, 2020

Well, you know the answer.

Olivia Kroth
April 16, 2020

Ukraine should get rid of its immense heap of debts, before thinking of building any military bases. What a pretentious failed state this is! Also, the Ukrainians should start paying for Russian gas, instead of stealing it.

Town Crier
Town Crier
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 17, 2020

The Ukrainians should just disappear from the civilized world. They’re beyond annoying. They remind me of morlocks.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Town Crier
April 17, 2020

I second your wish and also do not like these people at all. Most annoying!

Wesaf
Wesaf
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 17, 2020

Come on you all know this story just change the word Ukraine and add America.Then that will closer to the truth that will give them somewhere to take there death corona ships and park them to spread the virus more.

AMHants
AMHants
April 17, 2020

Is this for PR? How deep is the Sea of Azov and how wide is it? What is Ukraine hoping to Dock in the port?

Wesaf
Wesaf
Reply to  AMHants
April 17, 2020

American Warships.

Captain Salty
Captain Salty
Reply to  Wesaf
April 17, 2020

LOL….nuclear subs shaped like manta rays.

Town Crier
Town Crier
April 17, 2020

Let me guess. They’ll follow in the footsteps of the US Navy’s mosquito fleet and annoy the Russians to death with asymmetric buzzing.

“Mosquito Fleet: The United States Navy’s fleet of small gunboats, leading up to and during the War of 1812, most were part of the New Orleans Squadron.”

Jack Garbo
Jack Garbo
April 17, 2020

A (US/NATO) Ukrainian military base 70 km from Russia? I see fireworks.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Jack Garbo
April 17, 2020

The US abuses all weak nations of the world to host military bases for them: Ukraine, Poland, Romania, the Baltics, etc. They are all dumps.

NATO's Lake is drying up.
NATO's Lake is drying up.
Reply to  Jack Garbo
April 17, 2020

The Russians won’t even need advanced weaponry to retaliate to an attack, just kids with slingshots & cherry bombs.

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